Leagues are contracting should read Leagues are changing.
There are a lot of Officials but they are spread thinly. The governance around officiating is also much stricter. All voluntary positions across all sports are being pinched. You can’t talk about Athletics in isolation as most sports are suffering from the same social and economic factors.
Fangio, The Fact File which is the subject of this topic is an advance view of an article in this year’sBritish Athletics 2017. So the windmill at which you are tilting is very visible and wont go away.
As far as Leagues are concerned the previously separate men’s and women’s Area Leagues are disappearing to be replaced by combined men’s and women’s League. There are plans being mooted to close down BAL and UKWAL to be replaced by a combined team League.